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Career forum to discuss opportunities in the behavioral health field

5/4/2018 10:04:48 AM

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Sarah Berg

People interested in careers in behavioral health, including substance use disorder and mental health, are encouraged to attend a May 11 forum at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

The free event will offer information and resources on career paths, programs to help pay for education and the benefits of this field of work. The forum is for people of all ages who may be graduating from college, returning to the workforce or looking to make a career change. Speakers will discuss the range of possible jobs and educational opportunities, as well as financial assistance for both beginning students and for student loan repayment, and people who are new to the field will talk about their experiences. A variety of behavioral health employers will be on hand to answer questions and share available opportunities. 

The need for more substance use disorder and mental health workers in Minnesota is ongoing, and the capacity of the state’s workforce to meet the needs of its citizens, now and in the coming years, is a real concern. In addition, there is a dire need for more people in the field from diverse backgrounds, as equitable access to culturally relevant care requires a culturally and linguistically competent workforce.

There are currently jobs available in both the substance use disorder and mental health areas that fit a wide range of skills, experience and education, including:

  • Peer support specialists
  • Psychiatric technicians and aides
  • Rehabilitation counselors 
  • Social workers
  • Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional clinical counselor, clinical social workers)
  • Certified prevention professionals
  • Peer recovery specialists
  • Chemical dependency technicians
  • Licensed alcohol and drug counselors

Pre-registration is required at The event opens at 8 a.m. and programming runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with lunch and exhibitors to follow from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

The 2018 Minnesota Workforce Forum will be held at Metropolitan State University, Founders Hall and Great Hall, 700 E 7th St., St. Paul. It will also be livestreamed to satellite locations; more information is available upon registration.

The event is hosted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services; NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Minnesota Addiction Professionals; Metropolitan State University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College.


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